We’re still in the bathroom – and I’m just about to embark on another freestyle design project – making a couple of closet cabinets. The theory is that these will flank the sit down vanity – so here’s how the design process works. First you need a couple of sticks – see above. This gives me the general space requirements.
Then we tinker with the actual construction details. Each of these pieces was carefully selected to represent some element of the cabinet. Pretty obvious, but I wanted to clarify to any newcomers to the Misadventures project.
OK, we’ve got the design, lets cut some wood!
The cabinets are going into the sloped part of the room, so I cut a cardboard template to get the proper angle and then cut all the sides from 3/4″ birch faced cabinet plywood. Here I’m set up to route the dadoes for the shelf.
Getting ready for mistake #1 I put this together downstairs in the sunroom. Nice and light filled space – great for building things. But now I gotta drag it up to the second floor. Let’s see – it’s got a full sheet of 3/4 plywood and add several more pounds for the 1/2″ plywood back. 2X4 base – that equals – something pretty heavy. So I put it on a moving blanket and drug it up the stairs by myself. Yikes!
So I cut the 2X4 base in two. I put the base on with screws – which I normally do – but for some reason I also glued it, really, really well. So out with the skill saw. Cut the base, slide the cabinet in place and put the cut pieces back together. A real PITA.
So the cabinets from hell are in place – let’s hope that’s the worst of it….